#23 – Rewatch Review
Second time around, my expectations for Logan were much more managed. While the movie was already a great movie the first time, it was slightly better and the nuances were appreciated just a little more. That isn’t to say this movie could have been better with a few revisions, but then again almost every movie can be improved.
With that said, I am going to change the format of this post to be what alterations I would have made. My feelings remain largely unchanged in terms of what was good and bad, so you can check out my prior post for the actual review. There will be spoilers still, so beware.
I would stick to giving it 8 “claws to the face were worth the R” out of 10. Out of the 10 X-Men movies I would change my rankings to the below:
- X-Men: First Class
- X-Men: Days of Future Past
- X-Men: Apocalypse
- The Wolverine
- X-Men: The Last Stand
- X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Let’s start with the Reavers – the enhanced tactical squad that all had robot hands. Their hands served zero purpose other than a cool visual. They should have been able to hold up in a fight against mutants or be slightly more weaponized. Almost every time they tried to take down Laura, there are dozens of Reavers and they hardly put up a fight.
The Wolverine clone was the perfect weapon the Alkali / Transigen company was working towards? I heard originally it was supposed to be Liev Schreiber’s Sabretooth – which would have been better. Have it be another X-Men character who was caught and brainwashed.
So Laura’s keeper struggled to find Wolverine to help them make it to Eden, but what about the other mutant kids? Every single one of them made it … and then some others that weren’t shown earlier. Are we supposed to believe that Pierce and the other Reavers only cared about chasing Laura? I would ask if Laura was supposed to be more special (something they never conveyed), but then again their crowning achievement was making a cyborg Wolverine. If that were the case, they should have conveyed her importance and maybe killed off a few other kids. Also, if they sheltered the kids heavily and wouldn’t let them celebrate birthdays then how did the kids come across all of the X-Men paraphernalia and knowledge?
My main complaint with Laura is the forced relationship with Logan. Sure, his DNA helped make her … but that is about it. They forced the father / daughter thing way too heavily and way too fast at the end of the movie.
FIGHTS / DEATHS
My two biggest complaints with the movie as a whole were the main characters’ deaths. The impact just wasn’t there for characters we have been with for 17 years.
Professor X finally spills his guts about remembering what he did a few years ago … to a killing machine that just stood there and listened? This should have come up either sooner or just not at all. They should have also used this moment to use Xavier’s paralysis one more time. Maybe have some soldiers and X-24 going into the house, then Xavier freaks out. Since we know the Wolverine variants can withstand it, then X-24 could have killed him or mortally wounded him.
My final note is on the final fight / death. The serum Wolverine took should have put him in his prime and lasted up to and during the fight with X-24. It would have been amazing to see him have to outsmart, outlast, or out “rage” his clone. This could have been where the serum started to wear off and he was forced to push through. He could be left a bloodied mess and end up dying from his wounds.
There wasn’t anything I would have cut from the existing movie as it was, just maybe added a little more here and there. It is still obviously one of the better movies of the year and is a great step in moving the comic book movie genre ahead. It is worth seeing on the big screen.
My big recommendation after seeing Logan is another gritty take on the western: Unforgiven. It is the story of an infamous outlaw who comes back for one more job after he gave it all up for a better life. Of course everything goes astray, but the best part is seeing how these characters who are dark shades of gray interact with each other and the world that is ever changing. It stars Clint Eastwood, Morgan Freeman, and Gene Hackman and ended up winning Oscars for Best Picture, Best Director – Clint Eastwood, Best Supporting Actor – Gene Hackman, and Best Film Editing.